The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.
Artifacts of Fixation: A series of four programs curated by Magdalena Bermudez.
The Fall 2015 Fast Forward film series, Artifacts of Fixation, explores discarded objects and transforms them into stimulating, moving image media. Filmmakers Hope Tucker, Abraham Ravett, Jeremy Johnston, and Janie Geiser use artifacts not only as evidence, but as witness in uncovering personal histories. Hope Tucker's fifteen year-long video series The Obituary Project transforms postcards, telephone booths, X-rays and paperclips into odes to people and places who have passed. Filmmaker and photographer Abraham Ravett photographs his mother's handkerchiefs and clothes in Tziporah to access and deal with the trauma of the Holocaust. In heartbeats for conjunction, Jeremy Johnston creates a portrait of a young man through the objects he left behind when he died at 24. Sifting through letters, photographs and many 16mm student films, Johnston accesses a man he never knew and builds an imaginary friendship. All three filmmakers vividly project their material fixations into a virtual medium.
September 20th, 3pm:
heartbeats for conjunction. (2014, 23 minutes)
A love letter, this film follows two Christian Scientist filmmakers, one living, one dead, who meet at a summer camp, but twenty years apart. Through film and video left behind by Selby Eddy and as interviews with Selby's and the filmmaker's families, Johnston explores the connections/disconnects between their two lives and elaborates on the uncanniness of love, death, and memory.
Jeremy Johnston is a Baltimore multi-media artist whose work has been shown in the Creative Arts Film Festival (nominated for Best Experimental Short), the Knoxville Film Festival, as well as the Five College Film Festival. Recent work includes heartbeats for conjunction, a visual love letter to an unknown friend; and Rev. Pappy, a short documentary on the life of Pappy "Gube" Beaver, a Tennessee country singer turned preacher. Jeremy has done work with the Center for Home Movies, an organization dedicated to transforming the way people think about home movies by providing the means to discover, celebrate, and preserve them as cultural heritage.
He will be present at the screening to discuss his work and answer questions.
The Hummingbird Wars (2014, 11 minutes)
A collage film, collapsing time and place: to engage in battle for the soul of the world, turn-of-the-last-century performers apply stage makeup as if for war. The injuries are more emotional than physical, but cut deeply just the same. A visual/aural collage film, drawing on sources as seemingly disparate as Ibsen's A Doll House, Japanese Gagaku music, makeup illustrations for 19th Century actors, the biography of a Shakespearean performer, blooming and decaying flowers, and a World War 1 First Aid Book, The Hummingbird Wars suggests theater in a time of war -- and any time.
Janie Geiser is an experimental filmmaker and visual/theater artist. A Guggenheim fellow, her films have been presented at the Whitney Museum, LACMA, the Guggenheim, MOMA, and the Centre Pompidou, Redcat, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wexner Center, and the San Francisco Cinematheque and have screened at film festivals around the world. Geiser is also a pioneer in the renaissance of American experimental puppet theater. She is on the faculty of the CalArts School of Theater, and is also a Co-Founder of Automata, an artist-run nonprofit dedicated to material performance, and located in Los Angeles' Chinatown Arts district.
The fall Fast Forward season is curated by Magda Bermudez, a media-artist based in Northampton MA. She has taught summer courses in non-fiction film for undergraduate and high school students through Hampshire College's Creative Media Institute, and teaches media-literacy at Amherst Cinema's See Hear Feel Film program for third graders. In her own work she is interested in discarded formats, objects and places, and is currently making a series films about the history of the Swift River Valley. Ms. Bermudez received her BA from Hampshire College.
We are also pleased to announce we have renovated our main gallery and all films, public talks and lectures
will take place in our new enlarged space.
Free and Open to the Public
Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street Northampton, MA 01060